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Review: Corsair Katar Pro XT

by Parm Mann on 25 February 2021, 14:00

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Software and Summary

Katar Pro XT's minimalistic design is such that it's well-suited as a plug-and-play solution, though as always you can install Corsair's iCue software utility for further fine tuning and firmware updates. At the time of writing v1.2.20 is the latest for the mouse, while the MM700 mouse pad currently runs v1.0.5. Applying the latest versions takes a couple of minutes tops.

iCue's interface presents all of the available tweaks in a familiar manner. Every available button can be remapped to a wide range of actions including user-recorded macros, the backlit scroll wheel can be customised or synchronised with other compatible hardware, and the three DPI shortcuts (four if you use a sniper toggle) allow for modifications on the x and y axis, as well as colour coding for easy identification.

MM700 also makes an appearance in iCue for customised lighting effects, some of which work better than others. Static colours result in visible hot spots, while waves or gradients tend to offer a more consistent look. Beyond lighting, it's a shame Corsair doesn't allow the hub's solitary button to be remapped; once your lighting effects are in tune, it'd be handy to be able to use that button for something else.

Summary

...worth a closer look if first-person shooters occupy a lot of your time.

Corsair's Katar Pro XT is a no-nonsense mouse for pro gamers seeking a precise and lightweight pointer well-suited to fast-paced gameplay.

An effective plug-and-play solution, the 73g low-profile design bodes well for a claw or fingertip grip, all six programmable buttons are well-positioned and easily actuated, and at £35 it is hardly going to break the bank.

Bottom line: Katar Pro XT trades all-round flexibility to target a specific type of gamer and is worth a closer look if first-person shooters occupy a lot of your time.

The Good
 
The Bad
Lightweight 73g design
Precise optical sensor
Ideal for fast-paced gameplay
 
No memory for onboard macros



Corsair Katar Pro XT

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The textured area corsair use is a skin cell magnet. The grooves on this one don't look *too* bad but ya my current one I have to regularly wash, because it builds up in the grooves and it gets gross. Never had to do that before owning a corsair mouse.
I just wish they’d make a wireless M65
I'm hoping Razer makes a deathadder variant that's about 20-25% bigger in each dimension. So fed up of tiny, lightweight, RGB-festooned mice!
Cannot any other mouse except a logitech. Think I have about ten lying around ranging from the old MX518